After many years working as an environmental scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and serving his community, Wayne J. Martin received the Washington State University Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award on May 22, 2015.

Wayne J. Martin. Photo courtesy WSU Tri-Cities
Wayne J. Martin (Photo courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

Martin graduated from WSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, pursued a master’s degree in radiological sciences from the University of Washington, and returned to WSU to earn a doctorate in environmental and natural resource sciences in 1996.

The environmental scientist recently retired from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as acting chief operations officer for the national security directorate. Martin oversaw more than 100 research projects for chemical, biological, and nuclear safety at the laboratory.

While at PNNL, Martin mentored graduate students and supported intern involvement. He sits on the Kadlec Heath Systems board of directors and has chaired the board of trustees at Columbia Basin College. Martin has advocated for education on the WSU Tri-Cities advisory council, as well as the advisory board for MESA (mathematics, science, and engineering achievement) for middle and high school students.